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March 2018 Guide to Kid-Friendly Events in San Francisco

It’s beginning to feel like spring in San Francisco with lots more to do around town, plus  Off the Grid at Fort Mason and in the Presidio and Sunday Streets beginning their seasons. Stay tuned for a separate list of Easter activities in the area. 

When you find yourself on the Peninsula, check out things to do in the area from Mid-Peninsula Moms Blog, and Wine Country Moms Blog has you covered for trips up north.

Know of something else fun going on around town? Email us at [email protected] or leave a comment below!  

March 1

Disney on Ice Follow Your Heart Tour

Oracle Arena, Oakland

 Through March 4, Disney on Ice is back in the Bay Area, and we have a promo code for 20% off your tickets!

March 2

Bay Area Children’s Theater Performs “Teddy Bear’s Picnic” 

Children’s Creativity Museum Theater 

10:00 AM

The BACT’s Theater for the Very Young performs this charming, interactive show. Bring your own bear, if you’d like, and join our Teddy Bears as they choose what favorite foods to take and scamper off for a wonderful picnic. For audiences age 6 mo. to 3 years old. Children under the age of 6 mo. do not require a ticket.

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! Storytime at Hanna Andersson

The Village at Corte Madera

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM & 3:00 – 4:00 PM

If you’ll be in Marin today, have your kids wear their favorite #hannajams and visit the store for a special storytime celebrating Dr. Seuss. 

Asian Art Museum Stroller Tour

9:30 – 10:30 AM

200 Larkin St.

Docent-led tour specifically for parents and caregivers of children 0 – 2 years old before the museum opens! Crying babies are welcome! $25 admission for adults ($10 for members)

Off the Grid – Fort Mason

2 Marina Blvd

5:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Off the Grid season is officially open! Come for an early dinner with the kids. They’ll love the music and lively setting. You’ll love the good food and drinks. This year, OTG gets an upgrade with a “VIP Tasting Ticket,” the innovative Cubert Cold Prep, new branding, and an elevated, streamlined event layout that includes communal-style seating such as beer garden tables and benches, and more.

Disney on Ice Follow Your Heart Tour

Oracle Arena, Oakland

Through March 4, Disney on Ice is back in the Bay Area, and we have a promo code for 20% off your tickets!

March 3

America Tulip Day

Union Square

1:00 – 4:30 PM

Walk through the pop-up tulip garden in Union Square and pick your own bunch of tulips for free.

CTASF’s Alice in Wonderland

Fort Mason, Cowell Theater

10:30 AM, 1:00 PM 

The Children’s Theatre Association of San Francisco (CTASF)’s version reaches younger audiences with Alice’s magical trip down the rabbit hole to a world where chess pieces and playing cards come to life, doors and tables talk, and flowers dance in a music hall performance.

Black Cuisine Festival

Dr. George W. Davis Senior Center

11:00 AM – 6:00 PM

This is the 38th annual festival presented by Bayview Senior Services. Featuring live music, vendor booths, a Kid’s zone, and a dazzling variety of food venues. Free.

Disney on Ice Follow Your Heart Tour

Oracle Arena, Oakland

Through March 4, Disney on Ice is back in the Bay Area, and we have a promo code for 20% off your tickets!

March 4

Bay Area Children’s Theater Performs “Teddy Bear’s Picnic” 

Children’s Creativity Museum Theater 

10:00 AM, 11:15 AM

The BACT’s Theater for the Very Young performs this charming, interactive show. Bring your own bear, if you’d like, and join our Teddy Bears as they choose what favorite foods to take and scamper off for a wonderful picnic. For audiences age 6 mo. to 3 years old. Children under the age of 6 mo. do not require a ticket.

Family Fun Day at Asian Art Museum

200 Larkin St

Discover and play as a family at the Asian Art Museum. On Family Fun Days, our gallery activities, creative art projects, and immersive storytelling make art appreciation into a lively, family-friendly event. Themes and projects change regularly, so visit again and again.   

Story Time and Family Walk

SF Botanical Gardens Library, 1199 9th Ave

10:30-11:30.

Every first and third Sunday of the month meet in the cozy children’s book nook for lively readings of nature-themed stories. Afterward, families can enjoy a special docent-led family Garden walk that brings the stories to life. Be sure to bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. Suitable for children aged 4-8.  Free for SF residents.

Surfrider Foundation Beach Clean Up

Ocean Beach

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Meet across from the Beach Chalet at Stairwell 17 to volunteer to help clean up Ocean Beach. Buckets and other supplies will be provided. Clean up happens every first and third Sunday of the month and no advanced registration is required. 

Disney on Ice Follow Your Heart Tour

Oracle Arena, Oakland

Through March 4, Disney on Ice is back in the Bay Area, and we have a promo code for 20% off your tickets!

March 6

Swing into Stories

Golden Gate Park Koret Playground

9:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Movement and play are an important part of growing into a reader, so the San Francisco Public Library partnered with the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department to bring reading and stories to parks around San Francisco. Every first Tuesday of the month, find the Green Mobile at Golden Gate Park Koret Playground, 295 Bowling Green Drive.

March 8

 Make Believe: The World of Glen Keane Opens

Walt Disney Family Museum

This new exhibition will highlight the work of renowned Disney animator Glen Keane, who is credited with the creation of unforgettable characters like Ariel in The Little Mermaid, Rapunzel in Tangled and Pocahontas. In addition to his work with Walt Disney Studios, the exhibition will also feature some of Glen Keane’s other projects including a recent collaboration with retired NBA player Kobe Bryant entitled Dear Basketball. The exhibition will be open to the public on Thursday, March 8 and will run through Monday, September 3, 2018.

March 9

Bay Area Children Theater Performs Beautiful Oops!

Children’s Creativity Museum Theater

6:30 PM

Help Bay Area Children Theater’s actors turn accidents into “creative successes” at Beautiful Oops! Adults $26, children (ages 2-14) $20, children under 2 free.

March 10

The Super Run 5k

Little Marina Green

8:00 – 11:00 AM

Individual and teams will race in their superhero capes and masks. Kid-friendly activites planned at the finish line.

World Fair Nano, Virtual Reality Fair

Pier 48

Join us for a whirlwind two-day festival filled with mind-blowing technology, futurist talks, interactive art, future food, and more. At Worlds Fair Nano, we believe the future should be fun.” Children 10 and under are free.

Bay Area Children Theater Performs Beautiful Oops!

Children’s Creativity Museum Theater

10:30 AM & 1:30 PM

Help Bay Area Children Theater’s actors turn accidents into “creative successes” at Beautiful Oops! Adults $26, children (ages 2-14) $20, children under 2 free.

March 11

Sunday Streets, The Mission

On March 11, Sunday Streets kicks off its 10th anniversary season in the Mission – from Duboce Ave to 26th St, Valencia Street transforms into to a car-free community space for all to enjoy.

Bay Area Children Theater Performs Beautiful Oops!

Children’s Creativity Museum Theater

10:30 AM & 1:30 PM

Help Bay Area Children Theater’s actors turn accidents into “creative successes” at Beautiful Oops! Adults $26, children (ages 2-14) $20, children under 2 free.

San Francisco International Chocolate Salon

SF County Fair Building, Gallery

10:00 AM – 5:30 PM

The Salon celebrates its Semi-annual introduction and presentation of the world of premium, artisan chocolate and confections, as well as other culinary creators, to the San Francisco Bay Area. Children under 6 free. 6-12 yr old, $10.

World Fair Nano, Virtual Reality Fair

Pier 48

Join us for a whirlwind two-day festival filled with mind-blowing technology, futurist talks, interactive art, future food, and more. At Worlds Fair Nano, we believe the future should be fun.” Children 10 and under are free.

March 13

Swing into Stories

Parque Ninos Unidos

9:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Movement and play are an important part of growing into a reader, so the San Francisco Public Library partnered with the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department to bring reading and stories to parks around San Francisco. Every second Tuesday of the month, find the Green Mobile at Parque Ninos Unidos, 23rd & Treat Streets.

March 16

Family Film Night: Coco

Presidio Community YMCA

5:30 pm – Food Trucks, Bubbles, Face Painting

6:30 pm – Cartoon Shorts

7 pm – Feature Film Coco

Bring a blanket and enjoy a movie night in the Presidio! Sponsored by Supervisor Catherine Stefani, in partnership with the Presidio Trust and the Presidio Community Y. Register here.

Bay Area Children Theater Performs Beautiful Oops!

Children’s Creativity Museum Theater

6:30 PM

Help Bay Area Children Theater’s actors turn accidents into “creative successes” at Beautiful Oops! Adults $26, children (ages 2-14) $20, children under 2 free.

March 17

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Begins at 2nd St & Market 

11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

The parade makes its way down Market Steet and finishes at the Civic Center. Try finding a spot near McAllister Street to watch the parade. There’s usually more space here. 

Irish Festival

Civic Center

10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Food, live music, and green beer are waiting at the end of the parade route. There’s a designated kid-friendly section with games, activities, and rides (along Grove St)

ALO Sing-Along for Kids 

The Fillmore 

3:00 PM

ALO’s Family Funtime Fillmore Sing A Long combines storytelling, interactive puppets, surprise guests, classic sing-alongs and ALO’s original music to create a fun and creative event for the whole family. Dancing, singing and laughing are all encouraged!

Bay Area Children Theater Performs Beautiful Oops!

Children’s Creativity Museum Theater

10:30 AM & 1:30 PM

Help Bay Area Children Theater’s actors turn accidents into “creative successes” at Beautiful Oops! Adults $26, children (ages 2-14) $20, children under 2 free.

March 18

Off the Grid – Presidio Picnic

Main Parade Ground

11:00 PM -4:00 PM

The picnic season is open! Bring your  blanket and hang out. With so many delicious food trucks to choose from, you’ll want to spend time sampling them all. 

Story Time and Family Walk

SF Botanical Gardens Library, 1199 9th Ave

10:30-11:30.

Every first and third Sunday of the month meet in the cozy children’s book nook for lively readings of nature-themed stories. Afterward, families can enjoy a special docent-led family Garden walk that brings the stories to life. Be sure to bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. Suitable for children aged 4-8.  Free for SF residents.

Surfrider Foundation Beach Clean Up

Ocean Beach

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Meet across from the Beach Chalet at Stairwell 17 to volunteer to help clean up Ocean Beach. Buckets and other supplies will be provided. Clean up happens every first and third Sunday of the month and no advanced registration is required. 

YMCA Learn to Ride Program

Presidio Main Lawn

11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Let YBike’s awesome instructors teach your kids how to ride a bike. Bikes and equipment provided. All ages welcome. No pre-registration required; just drop by, the south end of Main Post Lawn. Free

Bay Area Children Theater Performs Beautiful Oops!

Children’s Creativity Museum Theater

10:30 AM & 1:30 PM

Help Bay Area Children Theater’s actors turn accidents into “creative successes” at Beautiful Oops! Adults $26, children (ages 2-14) $20, children under 2 free.

March 20

Swing into Stories

Cayuga Playground

9:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Movement and play are an important part of growing into a reader, so the San Francisco Public Library partnered with the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department to bring reading and stories to parks around San Francisco. Every third Tuesday of the month, find the Green Mobile at Cayuga Playground, Cayuga & Naglee Avenues

March 23

Bay Area Children Theater Performs Beautiful Oops!

Children’s Creativity Museum Theater

6:30 PM

Help Bay Area Children Theater’s actors turn accidents into “creative successes” at Beautiful Oops! Adults $26, children (ages 2-14) $20, children under 2 free.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along

Castrol Theater

With all the lyrics on-screen, experience the joy of singing along to the songs you already love in the company of many other delighted, enthusiastic fans. And don’t forget the goodie bags and costume contest! $16 general admission, $11 kids (12 and under)

March 24

SF Queer Family Hike  

Mountain Lake Park Playground (Lake & 12th Ave)

9:30am-11:30am

Explore different hiking spots in SF each month with a fun group of LGBTQ families led by Lil and her son.

March for Our Lives

Civic Center

1:00 PM

Join the rally in support of the #marchforourlives movement to promote common sense gun control and school safety.

Family Matinee Jazz Performance

SF Jazz Center, 201 Franklin Street

11:00 AM 

Both fun and educational, Family Matinees provide a window into the exciting world of live jazz. Each one-hour matinee features live performance, audience participation, Q&A, and amazing music.

Bay Area Brew Fest

Pier 35

12:00 – 4:00 PM and 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Grab a sitter for this one, as kids aren’t allowed, but it’s always such a fun day that we had to put it on the list. 70 breweries, 200 beers, and food trucks! 

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along

Castrol Theater

With all the lyrics on-screen, experience the joy of singing along to the songs you already love in the company of many other delighted, enthusiastic fans. And don’t forget the goodie bags and costume contest! $16 general admission, $11 kids (12 and under)

Bay Area Children Theater Performs Beautiful Oops!

Children’s Creativity Museum Theater

10:30 AM & 1:30 PM

Help Bay Area Children Theater’s actors turn accidents into “creative successes” at Beautiful Oops! Adults $26, children (ages 2-14) $20, children under 2 free.

March 25

Sunday Streets, Excelsior

Sunday Streets is excited to debut two annual events along the Excelsior’s main corridor of Mission Street, from Silver Avenue to Geneva Avenue, after a huge turnout for last year’s season closer. Livable City brings car-free, open streets and free exhibits and activities to the neighborhood this March.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along

Castrol Theater

With all the lyrics on-screen, experience the joy of singing along to the songs you already love in the company of many other delighted, enthusiastic fans. And don’t forget the goodie bags and costume contest! $16 general admission, $11 kids (12 and under)

Bay Area Children Theater Performs Beautiful Oops!

Children’s Creativity Museum Theater

10:30 AM & 1:30 PM

Help Bay Area Children Theater’s actors turn accidents into “creative successes” at Beautiful Oops! Adults $26, children (ages 2-14) $20, children under 2 free.

Surfrider Foundation Beach Clean Up

Baker Beach

Meets on the last Sunday of each month, join the group at the picnic table near the beach entrance to volunteer to help clean up Baker Beach. Buckets and other supplies will be provided.  No advanced registration is required. 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Macy’s Flower Show

Macy’s Union Square

From March 25 to April 8, the store will transform into breathtaking floral scenes with blooms, fantasy flowers, and lush plants from around the world. There will be themed events, specialty gardens, and more. Free.

March 26

Macy’s Flower Show

Macy’s Union Square

From March 25 to April 8, the store will transform into breathtaking floral scenes with blooms, fantasy flowers, and lush plants from around the world. There will be themed events, specialty gardens, and more. Free.

March 27

Swing into Stories

Helen Wills Playground

9:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Movement and play are an important part of growing into a reader, so the San Francisco Public Library partnered with the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department to bring reading and stories to parks around San Francisco. Every fourth Tuesday of the month, find the Green Mobile at Helen Wills Playground, Larkin & Broadway Streets.

Macy’s Flower Show

Macy’s Union Square

From March 25 to April 8, the store will transform into breathtaking floral scenes with blooms, fantasy flowers, and lush plants from around the world. There will be themed events, specialty gardens, and more. Free.

March 28

Doggy Easter Egg Hunt

Wags Hotel

25 14th St

12:00 – 2:00 PM

Bring your furry friend and join us for our 6th Annual Easter Egg Hunt for Dogs! Enjoy finger foods and local vendors while your dog sniffs out eggs filled with tasty treats and valuable prizes. Don’t forget your camera for photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny! Easter Attire is encouraged. Dogs and kids are free.

Macy’s Flower Show

Macy’s Union Square

From March 25 to April 8, the store will transform into breathtaking floral scenes with blooms, fantasy flowers, and lush plants from around the world. There will be themed events, specialty gardens, and more. Free.

March 29

Macy’s Flower Show

Macy’s Union Square

From March 25 to April 8, the store will transform into breathtaking floral scenes with blooms, fantasy flowers, and lush plants from around the world. There will be themed events, specialty gardens, and more. Free.

Moms Only Easter Egg Hunt at Ambiance SF

1858 Union St.

8:00 – 10:00 PM

We’re hosting a private shopping party at Ambiance with an egg-cellent twist. Hunt for discounts and prizes while sipping champagne and noshing on apps. Space is limited so don’t wait to reserve your spot! $5, purchase tickets here.

March 30

Bay Area Children Theater Performs Beautiful Oops!

Children’s Creativity Museum Theater

6:30 PM

Help Bay Area Children Theater’s actors turn accidents into “creative successes” at Beautiful Oops! Adults $26, children (ages 2-14) $20, children under 2 free.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along

Castrol Theater

With all the lyrics on-screen, experience the joy of singing along to the songs you already love in the company of many other delighted, enthusiastic fans. And don’t forget the goodie bags and costume contest! $16 general admission, $11 kids (12 and under)

Macy’s Flower Show

Macy’s Union Square

From March 25 to April 8, the store will transform into breathtaking floral scenes with blooms, fantasy flowers, and lush plants from around the world. There will be themed events, specialty gardens, and more. Free.

March 31

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along

Castrol Theater

With all the lyrics on-screen, experience the joy of singing along to the songs you already love in the company of many other delighted, enthusiastic fans. And don’t forget the goodie bags and costume contest! $16 general admission, $11 kids (12 and under)

Bay Area Children Theater Performs Beautiful Oops!

Children’s Creativity Museum Theater

10:30 AM & 1:30 PM

Help Bay Area Children Theater’s actors turn accidents into “creative successes” at Beautiful Oops! Adults $26, children (ages 2-14) $20, children under 2 free.

Holi Festival of Colors

California College of the Arts 

12:00 – 3:00 PM

Holi is the Indian festival of colors. It celebrates the colors and vitality of spring by marking the change of seasons. What better way to welcome spring than by dousing friends with color, enjoying performances, and dancing the day away with a live DJ! Unlimited color is included in the ticket. Kids under 10 are free.

Macy’s Flower Show

Macy’s Union Square

From March 25 to April 8, the store will transform into breathtaking floral scenes with blooms, fantasy flowers, and lush plants from around the world. There will be themed events, specialty gardens, and more. Free.

Throughout the Month

Tarzan

Walt Disney Family Museum

Sun – Fri, 1:00 PM, Sat, 4:00 PM

Watch this classic Disney film with your family in the intimate setting of the Walt Disney Museum screening room. Adults $10, children $8 (discount for members).

Free Museum Admission Days

Every month, participating museums, including the California Academy of Sciences, Exploratorium, de Young Museum, and Conservatory of Flowers offer free admission on designated days.

Macy’s Flower Show

Macy’s Union Square

Beginning  March 25 until April 8, the store will transform into breathtaking floral scenes with blooms, fantasy flowers, and lush plants from around the world. There will be themed events, specialty gardens, and more. Free.

Sundays

Car-free Streets in Golden Gate Park

JFK Drive

Grab the bikes, scooters, and skates, and take advantage of having JFK Drive closed to vehicles through from Stanyan Street to Park Presidio

Off the Grid – Presidio Picnic

Main Parade Ground

11:00 PM -4:00 PM

Beginning March 18, bring your picnic blanket and hang out. With so many delicious food trucks to choose from, you’ll want to spend time sampling them all. 

Bay Area Children Theater Performs Beautiful Oops!

Children’s Creativity Museum Theater

10:30 AM & 1:30 PM

Beginning March 11, help Bay Area Children Theater’s actors turn accidents into “creative successes” at Beautiful Oops! Adults $26, children (ages 2-14) $20, children under 2 free.

Mondays

Chinatown Walking Tour

Portsmouth Square

Learn about the history and daily lives of the largest Chinatown outside of Asia on this tour hour walking tour of the neighborhood. Meet at the parking garage elevators on the park level ten minutes before the tour begins. 10:00 AM and 1:30 PM. Free.

Tuesdays

Swing into Stories

9:30 a.m.-12 noon

Movement and play are an important part of growing into a reader, so the San Francisco Public Library partnered with the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department to bring reading and stories to parks around San Francisco.

First Tuesday: Golden Gate Park Koret Playground, 295 Bowling Green Drive

Second Tuesday: Parque Ninos Unidos, 23rd & Treat Streets

Third Tuesday: Cayuga Playground, Cayuga & Naglee Avenues

Fourth Tuesday: Helen Wills Playground, Larkin & Broadway Streets

Fridays

Off the Grid – Fort Mason

2 Marina Blvd

5:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Come for an early dinner with the kids. They’ll love the music and lively setting. You’ll love the good food and drinks. This year, OTG gets an upgrade with a “VIP Tasting Ticket,” the innovative Cubert Cold Prep, new branding, and an elevated, streamlined event layout that includes communal-style seating such as beer garden tables and benches, and more.

Bay Area Children Theater Performs Beautiful Oops!

Children’s Creativity Museum Theater

6:30 PM

Beginning March 9, help Bay Area Children Theater’s actors turn accidents into “creative successes” at Beautiful Oops! Adults $26, children (ages 2-14) $20, children under 2 free.

Saturdays

Bay Area Children Theater Performs Beautiful Oops!

Children’s Creativity Museum Theater

10:30 AM & 1:30 PM

Beginning March 10, help Bay Area Children Theater’s actors turn accidents into “creative successes” at Beautiful Oops! Adults $26, children (ages 2-14) $20, children under 2 free.

Chinatown Walking Tour

Portsmouth Square

Learn about the history and daily lives of the largest Chinatown outside of Asia on this tour hour walking tour of the neighborhood. Meet at the parking garage elevators on the park level ten minutes before the tour begins. 10:00 AM. Free.

 

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